Armando Iachini: Construcciones Yamaro and the Environmental Protection

Construcciones Yamaro has been always aware that everyday our climate is more variable and different, the winters are not as cold and heat increases and rains can come at any time. Researches in the world show that pollution spread by humans is growing and, responding to that phenomenon, the planet is getting hotter and more polluted space. All this situation is also considered by the company in every work the team starts.

Armando Iachini: Construcciones Yamaro and the Environmental Protection
Thinking Green in Every Work

According to Construcciones Yamaro, companies can obtain new corporate culture in line with the global challenges of today: economic crisis, environmental disasters, climate change, access to water, among others, in order to give that knowledge and consciousness to the communities. Some of the activities that can be considered as corporate environmental responsibility go beyond the own benefit for the company and spread to every participant in the society, as well as the impact on environment. Those activities can be:

  • Carrying out activities in accordance with the standards of environmental protection.
  • Labor protection.
  • Transparent management of human resources.
  • Creation of a department specializing in environment made up of professionals in the area.
  • To promote corporate environmental responsibility as an activity of preventive approach rather than repairing damage.

    Armando Iachini: Construcciones Yamaro and the Environmental Protection
    Considering Sustainability with every Material Used

  • To generate and follow eco-efficiency programs, cleaner production, green production, design for the environment and full responsibility for commercial partners and community.
  • To follow the requirements demanded by the laws for environmental protection.
  • Developing information and environmental education programs in which everyone is benefited and involved with the practice of activities for the environment.

In order to avoid causing more damage to the environment in the Venezuelan environment, Construcciones Yamaro seeks to use materials that do not emit toxic substances neither in the production process nor in construction, in order to avoid unhealthy or dangerous risks for those who inhabit the surrounding environments. In this regard, the work at Construcciones Yamaro must be designed in such a way that the products do not emit pollutants or waste that may change the quality of the environment and create danger to people, animals or plants.

Armando Iachini: Construcciones Yamaro and the Environmental Protection
Avoiding more Damage

The City of Maracaibo and Eco-friendly Buildings

In Venezuela, optimizing the use of natural resources has become one of the most important factors to consider when designing and building. Today, the faculty of Architecture and Design of the University of Zulia aims its teachings to the eco-friendly constructions; the reason: Valeria Residences sustainability. Of course, Construcciones Yamaro is always interested in those topics around the world, and Venezuela is not far from that. The company presents a brief review of this green building in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela.

The City of Maracaibo and Eco-friendly Buildings
María Esperanza Perozo, Luis Romero and Adriana Romero

Valeria Residences

The building was designed by the retired teacher Maria Esperanza Perozo, her husband and architect Luis Romero and her daughter Adriana Romero. It is an ingenious and functional construction for the city context.

Aspects considered for the construction

The City of Maracaibo and Eco-friendly Buildings
Valeria Residences

Through a specialized assessment, a variety of the system’s advantages were determined for the construction of the building in order to be exploited to minimize the impact on the environment and the surrounding community.

Orienting the facade to the west and southwest -directions receiving the sunlight- the location of the building was considered as an opportunity and not as a disadvantage.

During the uprising, two layers of walls of expanded polystyrene blocks were built in the center. This technique allowed reducing 21 ° C in internal temperature with respect to the outside temperature without the use of air conditioning.

The construction required the use of sunbreakers to avoid direct incidence of sunlight on the windows, but ensuring optimal lighting without using electricity.

The water tank of the building is located on the roof, so that the water can flow down freely because of the gravity force without the use of hydro-pneumatic pumps. In addition to that, when receiving sunlight directly, it remains hot water without an electric heater.

The City of Maracaibo and Eco-friendly Buildings
Green ideas for eco-friendly constructions

Awards for the idea

All mechanisms used for saving energy and protecting the environment with the construction of Valeria Residences were awarded with the distinction of building “Highly Recommended” in the category of Best Architecture of Multifamiliar Housing of Venezuela 2012. The prestigious award was delivered by Americas Property Awards of the International Property Awards Organization.

How Important the Environment is For Construcciones Yamaro?

Construcciones Yamaro has a major task in every work and activity the company develops: to collaborate in the maintenance of the environment. In order to avoid causing more damage to the environment in Venezuelan –the country where the company operates- Construcciones Yamaro seeks to use materials that do not emit toxic substances neither in the production process nor in construction.

How Important the Environment is For Construcciones Yamaro?
Working with environmental responsibility

All this effort is inspired by the company with the objective of avoiding unhealthy or dangerous risks for those who inhabit the surrounding environments of any work. In this regard, the work at Construcciones Yamaro must be designed in such a way that the products do not emit pollutants or waste that may change the quality of the environment and create danger to:

  • people,
  • animals,
  • or plants.

For example, Construcciones Yamaro understands the danger of Venezuela facing a world with water shortages. That is why the company is always trying to present eco-friendly construction solutions that have inspired global construction sector to sponsor the preservation and use of water, such as the Rubens living wall in London and Masdar City, in the United Arab Emirates. All this with the aim of promoting more initiatives to take care of the planet.

How Important the Environment is For Construcciones Yamaro?
An idea of ecological city. Masdar City

In addition to that, Construcciones Yamaro is aware that construction of buildings and infrastructure affects the environment in two main ways. Because of that, the company considers that is important that construction companies focus more on:

  • minimizing waste production,
  • maximizing the use of recycling,
  • and creating sustainable buildings.

Construcciones Yamaro has over 40 years of raising important major works for the country and the company got ahead, being an example of management and entrepreneurship. This company also has great interest and compromise with its workers, employees and the Venezuelan society. Terms related to safety and environment are some of the most important aspects considered in every work Construcciones Yamaro does.

How Important the Environment is For Construcciones Yamaro?
Trying not to dramatically affect the environment

The Importance of the Environment for Construcciones Yamaro

What is CSR?

The Importance of the Environment for Construcciones Yamaro
Green planning

Corporate environmental responsibility is much more than recycling initiatives or awareness about the use of energy. The commitment to environmental stewardship is leading the way in terms of policies, strategies and managements of companies in the Venezuelan construction sector and in the rest of the world.

For Construcciones Yamaro, taking care of the environment and the welfare of the communities that live in it, has become as important as the work itself, and the reasons vary in number and in nature. Construcciones Yamaro has a major task in each work it starts: to collaborate in the maintenance of the environment.

The Impact of Construcciones Yamaro

The Importance of the Environment for Construcciones Yamaro
Sustainable ideas

Also, Construcciones Yamaro seeks to use materials that do not emit toxic substances neither in the production process nor in construction in order to avoid unhealthy or dangerous risks for those who inhabit the surrounding environments.

Everyday, more and more entrepreneurs are convinced that the economic success of their companies is not only about creating strategies to increase benefits for their employees, customers and business partners. Companies that consider environmental protection and the practice of social responsibility have perceived the following benefits:

  • The company manages the production activities towards the use of new technological alternatives that allow optimization of work and the protection of employees, thus favoring access to more demanding markets, power continuously innovation and creativity, the diversification of the economy.
  • Corporate environmental responsibility allows achieving sustainable development by favoring the creation of new opportunities and constant re-engineering business activities.
  • Improves image and credibility of the company.

Each day, month and year that pass, construction firm, as well as Construcciones Yamaro, are seeing to the sustainability and environmental situation before undertaking construction work, to the point of valuing waste generated or incinerate to avoid harmful consequences.

Armando Iachini: Sustainability in Each Construction Material

It is a fact that construction of buildings and infrastructure can dramatically impact our environment. There are two main ways of this impact: by consuming resources and by creating pollutants and wastes. The construction industry contributes to 23 percent of air pollution, 50 percent of climate change gases, 40 percent of drinking water pollution, and another 50 percent of landfill wastes. It is important then that construction companies focus more on minimizing waste production, maximizing the use of recycling, and creating sustainable buildings.

All these data and information is important for Construcciones Yamaro, which is always aware of the damage human being is making to our Planet. Since it is a responsible company, Construcciones Yamaro has created some important rules that try to determine and manage the performance of each construction work the company does. These rules manage several points of Corporate Social Responsibility, including sustainability of the materials used for the care of the environment.

Armando Iachini: Sustainability in Each Construction Material
Thinking in sustainable buildings

Some of the features that each construction material should have to achieve the sustainability objectives are:

  • Sticking to a particular model.
  • Having long duration.
  • Coming from renewable sources.
  • Possessing a percentage of recycled material.
  • Not being pollutant.
  • Consuming little energy in its life cycle.

Construction and the environmental impact

Armando Iachini: Sustainability in Each Construction Material
Measuring the impact on the environment

Failure to comply with these qualities can mean that the materials have a major impact on the environment, so companies have to take five fundamental points, such as:

  • Energy consumption they have,
  • How it is as waste
  • Emissions to the atmosphere
  • Consumption of natural resources (large-scale use of some material can lead to its demise).

There are several countries where certificates that guarantee the source where the material was obtained is controlled and generates no impact against the environment can be provided.

Armando Iachini: How Construcciones Yamaro is Today a Responsible Company

For Construcciones Yamaro, taking care of the environment and the welfare of the communities that live in it has become as important as the work itself, and the reasons vary in number and in nature.

Armando Iachini: How Construcciones Yamaro is Today a Responsible Company
Working together

Construcciones Yamaro has received many benefits since its beginning because it has considered environmental protection and the practice of social responsibility in every work the company performs. Some of the benefits:

  • The company manages the production activities towards the use of new technological alternatives that allow optimization of work and the protection of employees, thus favoring access to more demanding markets, power continuously innovation and creativity, the diversification of the economy.
  • Corporate environmental responsibility allows achieving sustainable development by favoring the creation of new opportunities and constant re-engineering business activities.
  • Improves image and credibility of the company.

The values considered by the company in each one of its construction works are perseverance, sacrifice, honesty, compromise, dedication and high quality of work, with the aim of creating jobs, moving the country’s economy and also being able with care, maintenance and recovery of spaces throughout the national territory.

Armando Iachini: How Construcciones Yamaro is Today a Responsible Company
Considering every aspect

Armando Iachini, manager of Construcciones Yamaro, ensures that the term Social Responsibility is not a new sentence for them; he claims that for many years in the country the company has offered its part since they believe that the country has given the company the opportunity to grow as a great team.

Today, in order to meet the requirements of the Venezuelan law, Constructiones Yamaro has established mechanisms for working with communities where high national scale works are being performed. Additionally, Armando Iachini says that what Construcciones Yamaro does is to get into the community to make a contribution in working together with the people, raising the most important awareness and values. In his opinion, talking about this and taking these actions is more than a gift; the company offers options for each sector to value what they receive.

In the case of Social Commitment, Construcciones Yamaro has:

  • Budget item.
  • Personnel serving communities.
  • The company caters to requirements.
  • The company does not limit it work to the budget; it can allocate more resources if necessary.
Armando Iachini: How Construcciones Yamaro is Today a Responsible Company
Benefits for the communities

Finally, in order to avoid causing more damage to the environment in the Venezuelan environment in which the company operates, Construcciones Yamaro seeks to use materials that do not emit toxic substances neither in the production process nor in construction, in order to avoid unhealthy or dangerous risks for those who inhabit the surrounding environments. In this regard, the work at Construcciones Yamaro must be designed in such a way that the products do not emit pollutants or waste that may change the quality of the environment and create danger to people, animals or plants.

Each day, month and year that pass, construction firm, as well as Construcciones Yamaro, are seeing to the sustainability and environmental situation before undertaking construction work, to the point of valuing waste generated or incinerate to avoid harmful consequences.